Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mental Anguish

There are several ways within Christian Mysticism to extinguish mental anguish. Here are some

  1. Pray to Jesus, acknowledge that there is a place within you that you cannot reach, that is causing mental/spiritual anguish, acknowledge that Jesus can reach this place and ask him to fix it for you. If this works it will be like the calming of the seas, it will happen quite quickly
  2. If (1) does not work then you should accept the suffering of the anguish as God’s will at that point in time. Pray to Jesus to abide with you in the suffering, This can also produce profound effects.
  3. Sometimes mental anguish is due to thinking about your own shortcomings. In this case you can pray to Jesus by acknowledging your sinful nature. That is, acknowledge all the ways that you miss the mark, over and over, and how these failings are due to limitations that are built into you and beyond your reach. This can also produce a sudden and profound calm (Tolstoy wrote a short story about this). It should be noted that this method could be dangerous for some people and should not be used if you have problems with depression. This method is also very misunderstood both within Christianity and without. The point is NOT to beat yourself up. The point is to face your limitations and to be OK with them, at peace with them. The anguish comes from trying to be more perfect than you are. The goal is humility, not perfection
  4. Sometimes mental anguish comes from dealing with the behavior of an enemy, a person or sometimes a group or institution. In this case it can help to contemplate the issue in terms of Noetic Warfare. 

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